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• Emily Oster, Professor of Economics, Brown University
• Lisa Noguchi, Director, Maternal Newborn Health, Jhpiego
• Pooja Sripad, Associate, Population Council
• Carleigh Krubiner, Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development
ABOUT THE EVENT
Advice on pregnancy and parenting has long been dominated by “conventional wisdom” and conflicting recommendations about what’s best for babies and young children, resulting in anxiety and some misguided decisions about how to support healthy childhood development. At the same time, the public health community is exploring the best ways to improve maternal and child health across the globe, with an eye to promoting health and agency. So what does the evidence actually say about best practices in pregnancy and parenting? How can we use evidence to empower parents and practitioners to make informed decisions, combat growing sources of misinformation, and alleviate unwarranted social pressures around practices that may not be backed by the evidence?
This event will explore the value of making evidence-based decisions from conception into the early years of childhood. Emily Oster, bestselling author and economist, will share highlights from her new book, Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool. She will then be joined by the other panelists to discuss the role of evidence for parents, practitioners, and policymakers in a variety of global contexts.
Copies of Cribsheet and Expecting Better will be available for purchase. Children are welcome to attend and there is a lactation room on-site.
Five members of the Zimbabwe Working Group traveled to Harare May 20-25 to meet with the government, opposition leaders, and a wide range of business, religious, and civil society organizations to assess prospects for free and fair elections and for meaningful political and economic reform. Please join us to hear from the delegation as they share their findings and recommendations for US policy.
For over a decade, Boko Haram has waged a campaign of terror across northeastern Nigeria. In 2014, the kidnapping of 276 girls in Chibok shocked the world, giving rise to the #BringBackOurGirls movement. Yet Boko Haram’s campaign of violence against women and girls goes far beyond the Chibok abductions. From its inception, the group has systematically exploited women to advance its aims. Perhaps more disturbing still, some Nigerian women have chosen to become active supporters of the group, even sacrificing their lives as suicide bombers. These events cannot be understood without first acknowledging the long-running marginalization of women in Nigerian society. Having conducted extensive fieldwork throughout the region, Matfess provides a vivid and thought-provoking account of Boko Haram’s impact on the lives of Nigerian women, as well as the wider social and political context that fuels the group’s violence.
In Navigation by Judgment, Dan Honig argues that high-quality implementation of foreign aid programs often requires contextual information that cannot be seen by those in distant headquarters. Tight controls and a focus on reaching pre-set measurable targets often prevent front-line workers from using skill, local knowledge, and creativity to solve problems in ways that maximize the impact of foreign aid.
As part of the G7 meetings, Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau will host a meeting of G7 Development Ministers – the first of its kind since 2010. In preparation for that meeting, Minister Bibeau will join the Center for Global Development to discuss the priorities for this global development summit. In particular, she will discuss the importance of advancing the empowerment of adolescent girls including their central role in eradicating poverty and the need to move towards gender-responsive approaches to humanitarian assistance.
Intensive and potentially unethical marketing of infant formula is believed to be responsible for millions of infant deaths in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), yet to date there have been no rigorous analyses that quantify these effects. Paul Gertler and colleagues drew on a sample of 2.48 million births in 46 countries, indicating that the introduction of Nestlé infant formula, the largest supplier worldwide, may have resulted in approximately 66,000 infant deaths in LMICs in 1981—the peak of the infant formula controversy—among households without clean water access. This suggests that unclean water inappropriately mixed into formula acted as a vector for the transmission of water-borne pathogens to infants.